The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services conference call on transitioning to ICD-10 is scheduled for November 5 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET.

During this Medicare Learning Network Connects national provider call, CMS experts will discuss ICD-10 implementation issues, opportunities for testing and resources. A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

The agenda is as follows:

  • Final rule and national implementation
  • Medicare Fee-For-Service testing
  • Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Grouper Conversion Project
  • Partial code freeze and annual code updates
  • Plans for National Coverage Determinations and Local Coverage Determinations
  • Home health conversions
  • Claims that span the implementation date

Space is limited. Register for the CMS conference call on the ICD-10 transition.

The transition to ICD-10 will create significant billing challenges for providers, including disruptions in payments and difficulty submitting accurate, complete claims due to the significantly more complex nature of the ICD-10 code set compared to ICD-9. An American Medical Association-commissioned study found the following cost ranges for different practice sizes to implement ICD-10 based on variable factors:

  • Small practice: $56,639 – $226,105
  • Medium practice: $213,364 – $824,735
  • Large practice: $2,017,151 – $8,018,364

The total costs include software upgrades, expense of training, practice assessments, testing, payment disruptions and productivity loss for physicians.

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